Crazy-Expensive iPad DAC Is Gorgeously Excessive

Crazy-Expensive iPad DAC Is Gorgeously Excessive

The Zodiac DAC looks amazing, and costs more than your car

Oh man. €3,500 ($4,650) is a ridiculous amount to spend on an external digital-to-analog (DAC) for your iPad, but the Zodiac looks so sweet I’m still tempted. The top-of-the-line Zodiac Gold itself will only set you back €3,000 alone, but when purchased with the optional Voltikus power supply, you hit the bigger figure.

To use the Zodiac, you hook it up to the iPad via USB, using the camera connection kit. It then goes to work on your lossless files (if you’re using MP3s, you’re wasting your money), converting them at a sample rate of up to 384 kHZ. The sample rate is shown on the old-school LED display.

And this thing is all about the looks. The two-kilo box is fashioned from beautiful brushed metal, with a giant volume knob and full-sized headphone jacks. Yes, headphone jacks. This pre-amp isn’t for hooking up to speakers. No, it’s a dedicated headphone amp. Even so, it’s totally not portable, and even comes with a remote control should you wish to buy yet more high-end audio gear to connect it to actual speakers.

If $4,650 is too rich for you, you might check out the low-end Zodiac, which can be had for a mere €1,600, or around $2,100. A steal.

  • Finlay MacArthur

    or £2958

  • Alex

    Somehow I don’t think they are going to sell to many ( if any ) of these.

  • riz wan

    Actually, when the economy is tough, the only thing that sells are these ridiculous items. At least, that’s how the saying goes. However, I think it’s more like… when these items sell, the economy becomes tough.

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